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NHGRI Institutional Review Board


The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for protecting the rights and welfare of the human subjects of research conducted by intramural investigators at NHGRI.

All intramural research protocols involving human subjects must be submitted for review by the NHGRI IRB. These Web pages contain the instructions, forms and relevant links for submitting a research protocol to the IRB.

IRB News and Updates

September 24, 2016

Please Note: The NHGRI protocol template has been updated and should be used effective immediately for new protocols. There are several sections (especially 12.1 and 14.4) that are highlighted in green that must be updated in all protocols at the time of continuing review. Please remove all highlighting and italicized instructions from the final document that you submit to the IRB. There have also been some other minor updates throughout the website.

October 20, 2016

The following cover memo may be used for studies in data analysis only if they meet the requirements found in SOP 9.6.1.



Victoria Willits
IRB Coordinator
10 Center Drive, CRC
Building 10 CRC, Room 6-3330
Bethesda, MD 20892-1611
Phone: (301) 496-1906

Tara L. McDonough, CIP
NHGRI IRB Administrator
10 Center Drive
Building 10 CRC, Room 6-3330
Bethesda, MD 20892-1611
Phone: (301) 827-0026

Sara Chandros Hull, Ph.D.
Director, NHGRI Bioethics Core
Chair, NHGRI Institutional Review Board
Phone: (301) 435-8712

Ben Berkman, J.D., M.P.H.
Deputy Director, NHGRI Bioethics Core
Phone: (301) 496-1531

Grisel Lopez, M.D.
Staff Clinician, NHGRI Medical Genetics Branch
Vice Chair, NHGRI Institutional Review Board


Last Updated: October 20, 2016